View Single Post
Old 07-04-2012, 03:01 PM   #128
Butler Maps
eakins's Avatar
Joined: May 2002
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Oddometer: 19,270
why are they not seen as much?
adv bikes are killing them off.
i'd say sport tourer owners are trading over to big adv/best style bikes more than anything else.

people have concluded there is already enough power so that's not a factor any more
adv bikes offer the shaft, upright position and wind protection
PLUS you can also go down dirt roads and away from the crowded paved roads.

Originally Posted by Rider View Post
I've come to the rather inescapable conclusion that sport touring motorcycles are among the rarest forms of transportation on Earth.
No matter where I go - unless it's to a bike rally - they are invisible. Nowhere to be found. On a motorcycle trip recently on my FRJ1300 covering about 1,400 miles I spotted ...
  • Probably 3 BMW R1200RTs
  • 1 BMW K1200S
  • 1 BMW R1100RT
  • 1 BMW R1150RT
  • 1 Triumph Sprint
  • 2 Honda ST1300s
  • 1 Honda ST1100
  • 1 Kawasaki Concours14
  • A couple of "I can't quite make that one out"s
In all those miles. In great motorcycle country.
The rest were old beat standards, dirt bikes, Gold Wings and, of course, Harleys.
Thousands and thousands and thousands of Harleys.
Not that there's anything wrong with that.
But it really brought home to me once again, after riding for so many years, that the sport tourer is an odd bird that defies convention and appears not to appeal to very many people, which I find puzzling. To me, they're bikes that do so many things well (as long as it's on pavement).
What's your theory as to why sport tourers don't sell very well?
Butler Maps - motorcycle maps for riders by riders -
NM map COBDR AZBDR IDBDR South East map
Butler Maps website:
eakins is offline   Reply With Quote